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Old 05-05-2009, 04:25 PM
 
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i am looking to see if anyone knows of any good (but still legal) massage parlors in the phx area....i hurt my back and need to find a place soon.

I don't want to go to a Ritz but i don't want to go to a dirty/cheap place either.

thoughts? :-)

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Old 05-05-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ (May 08)
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There are about 20 "Massage Envy" stores throughout town. They are reasonable and in safe shopping centers. I ve had decent luck with them on occassion, but Im not a massage "expert" either. They are very clean and all the people are licensed.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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Moderator cut: snip No one calls it a massage parlor anymore because that's associated with prostitution. Today you would call it a massage therapy clinic or practice.

Massage Envy is a chain somewhat like MacDonald's; they pay the therapists $15/hour, charge customers $70, and expect you to tip the therapist on top of that. Most of the money goes to corporate headquarters, not to the practitioners. That's why the therapists at these chains tend to be right out of school, inexperienced, and not very good at their art. Better to find an experienced massage therapist who will charge no more than that and do a professional job.

A good place to look is the AMTA:
AMTA Online Locator Service

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Old 05-05-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: NE Phoenix!
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uh, it got closed because it sounded like he was looking for a "massage parlor" that offered extra "services" (i.e. sexual). No one calls it a massage parlor anymore because that's associated with prostitution. Today you would call it a massage therapy clinic or practice.
Oh. I didn't know that. He did clarify in that thread, however, that he was just looking for a good massage. I still think it was a stretch to lock it.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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i am looking to see if anyone knows of any good (but still legal) massage parlors in the phx area....i hurt my back and need to find a place soon.
Why don't you just ask your GP doctor for a referral to a physical therapist?

I had a back problem due to an injury at work and my doctor recommended a physical therapist. I went to her and she looked like my mom, but I did benefit from the treatment.

Do you have any problem with your PT looking like your mom?
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:47 PM
 
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I found this thread funny having strained my neck muscles recently and was actually looking for a legit massage and found it very tough to do on the fly.

Most of the the resort-like spas cater to higher end visitors and all I wanted was legit, quick therapy, not a tea extract facial, aroma half day combo with vegan lunch deal. Some friends gave recs to massge schools, but their hours are very limited. I ignored MassageEnvy because I don't like chains. On the other end of the spectrum, almost every ad on some of the more popular classified sites were for "special" massage services. As much as I like special services from the ladies, I don't want to pay for them and I really only wanted a legit massage for a specific pain.

I did find a reasonably priced place in Tempe that was legit, non sexual, and the therapist was really effective. PM me if you want a rec.

The bottom line is that it's actually quite tough to find good online recs for local, legit therapists.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:04 AM
 
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I found this thread funny having strained my neck muscles recently and was actually looking for a legit massage and found it very tough to do on the fly.
quite so, and as a massage therapist I can tell you the chains are awful places to work that over charge and under-pay. They're run by non-massage therapists. It's like a damn assembly line. I felt like saying "do you want fries with that?" at the end of every intake interview.

The best thing is to just find an independent massage therapist in private practice (sometimes in a group practice or associated with some other alternative health types). They're around.

The link I posted above is for the national association, which promotes high professional standards in massage therapy. I'll post it again:
AMTA Online Locator Service
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Massage Envy is like $35 for a massage. You can go to the massage school and get them for 2 for $20 some days.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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So can anyone tell me where I can find a massage parlor with a happy ending???
LOL, JUST KIDDING, couldn't resist
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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Massage Envy is like $35 for a massage. You can go to the massage school and get them for 2 for $20 some days.
No, it's not. Their intro rate is $39 and it goes up from there. They pressure you to buy a monthly membership for $39 or $59 (I've heard different rates, not sure what it is). They also need you to tip, "suggested" minimum of $10. And you won't get an hour of massage; it's more like 45 minutes. Caveat emptor.

Definitely you can go to a massage school for a cheap student massage, but of course you will get a cheap student massage, not a professional one.
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